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captioned by closed captioning services inc. welcome to "world news." tonight, under attack. one of the worst inside jobs yet, four americans killed when afghan officers in their police uniforms suddenly turn their guns on the americans. our team on the ground there tonight. in this country, the deadly bomb plot stopped in its tracks. the teenager in one of america's biggest cities who police say pressed the trigger, thinking he was about to blow up a busy night spot. the prince's plan. what william now says he's ready to do to catch the photographers who captured those topless images of duchess kate. the royal case about to go to court as buckingham palace remembers what happened to diana. and caught on tape. why do they get to speed? police officers racing down this beach and this officer caught speeding to his second job. pulled over by one of his own. >> put your hands out the window!
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good evening on this sunday night. and we begin here with two devastating attacks in afghanistan, americans losing lives in both attacks. the latest attack is one of the worst of the so-called inside jobs. today, afghan police officers turning their guns on american troops at a checkpoint, killing four u.s. service members. it comes as we learn new details about that other attack by the taliban on a separate base there in afghanistan. there, the attackers dressed in american uniforms, killing two marines and set eight fighter jets ablaze. abc's hue muhammad lila is in kabul, afghanistan, with the latest tonight. >> reporter: david, many american soldiers here are on edge tonight. four more u.s. troops killed by the very afghan policemen that they're working alongside. it comes after the taliban launched one of the biggest ever attacks against a coalition base. it's supposed to be one of the safest bases in the country.
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so fortified, no one could ever breach it. on friday night, the unthinkable happened. 15 taliban fighters wearing american uniforms blew a hole through the outer wall. storming inside with automatic rifles, suicide vests and grenade launchers. >> the taliban were able to execute this attack in a quite professional manner. they were able to do reconnaissance, posing as farmers and watching how the marines worked on base, where they worked. >> reporter: all coalition bases here in afghanistan has several lines of defense. the taliban were able to breach almost all of them and nearly hit their target. that target, the airfield at camp bastion, where prince harry is stationed. according to reports, the prince was whisked away to a safer location the moment the attack happened. the insurgents went on to destroy or damage eight harrier jets worth $20 million each. three refueling stations and six aircraft hangars. the last attack where so many u.s. aircraft were destroyed at
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once, more than 40 years ago, during the vietnam war. >> this was a very deliberate, well-planned, well-executed attack by the taliban. they created chaos and mayhem on a base that should have been more secure and this should not have happened. >> reporter: and late this evening, another incident that's causing tension here. nato is confirming that an air strike has led to civilian casualties reportedly including afghan women and children. david? >> many fast-moving developments there. muhammad lila, thank you. and, as you heard him report there, prince harry is serving at that afghanistan base. of course, we don't know if harry was the target, if his presence even played a role in why they attacked there. but it was a very public deployment and so we wanted to know why make it so public? we bring in abc's martha raddatz, and, martha, how rare is this? >> reporter: david, this is really highly unusual. remember, the last time the prince was deployed in 2008, it was done in secret. when it leaked, he went back to britain early because he didn't want his presence to endanger others.
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he was a forward air controller then. that's the job on the ground. this time, i think the british announced it because he's an attack helicopter pilot. so, the british felt that prince harry would be in a much safer position, not out among potential enemies, but up in the air. i don't think they even imagined an attack on the airfield itself. but this has got to be making them rethink this, and prince harry, too. i doubt he would want anyone to be in a more dangerous spot because of his presence. and the fact that a small group of insurgents could make it that far, that deep onto a secure base where thousands of u.s. marines are, david, is really extraordinary. >> it really is. our chief foreign affairs correspondent, martha raddatz tonight. martha, thank you. now, to the violent protests across the muslim world, fueled in part by angry reaction to that film posted on youtube, mocking the prophet muhammad. the bodies of those four americans brought home from libya. abc's lama hasan is in cairo,
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egypt, tonight, where the protests have begun to subside. lama? >> reporter: david, tonight the streets are controlled again, after cracking down on the protesters, driving them out and away from the u.s. embassy. but this region is a powder keg. the militant group hezbollah is calling for more protests across lebanon. and in pakistan today, more violent demonstrations. police fired warning shots to stop the protesters from advancing toward the u.s. consulate in karachi, but across much of this region, the violence we've seen over the last couple of days has mostly died down. meanwhile, the libyan government today announced it had arrested 50 people involved in the consulate attack that killed ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. the libyan president saying the attack was planned by foreign fighters linked to al qaeda who had entered the country months ago. david? >> lama hasan, thank you. and we wanted to pick up where she left off there, that statement by libya's president, saying the attack on the u.s.
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consulate was premeditated, timed to occur on 9/11. well, today on abc's "this week," the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice, would not go that far, saying the investigation continues and that so far, there is no indication of a planned, premeditated attack. >> our current best assessment, based on the information that we have at present, is that in fact what this began as, a spontaneous, not a premeditated response to what had transpired in cairo. >> ambassador rice went on to say the protest then, quote, seems to have been hijacked by extremists who descended on the compound and attacked with heavier weapons. and the filmmaker behind that anti-islamic film is in hiding tonight. the 55-year-old was questioned over the weekend by the los angeles county sheriff's department. he says he's in fear of his life. the filmmaker telling the sheriff's office he's not going home. we move on tonight here to that alleged home grown terror plot. an 18-year-old accused of trying to detonate a car bomb in the middle of chicago. police say he actually pulled
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the trigger, but he'd been setup. here's abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas tonight. >> reporter: the target, the heart of downtown chicago. the mission? to blow up a bar full of customers at one of the busiest times. during happy hour. the fbi says adel daoud had been praying to kill as many people as possible before he parked a jeep cherokee that he thought was full of explosives, just after 7:00 p.m. friday. they said he got out of the car, walked a block away from the bar and began squeezing on a trigger that he thought would detonate a car bomb. but the bomb was a fake. it was a sting and the fbi put him in handcuffs. daoud lived only a short distance away in this suburban neighborhood. his neighbors were stunned at the allegations. >> it's very scary. and it hurts my heart because i never would have thought -- never would i have thought that, you know, this was the way his mind was going. >> reporter: fbi officials say daoud came to their attention last october after he allegedly
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began posting violent messages on the internet. a few months later, fbi undercover agents posing as radicals contacted daoud online. discussions allegedly began about waging jihad here. by the summer, after daoud was put in contact with another undercover agent posing as a terrorist based in norm, new york, he allegedly began planning an attack and looking at potential targets, including malls and military recruiting centers. fbi officials say daoud was given more than one chance to back out of the plot, but david, they say he was hellbent on going forward. >> pierre thomas in washington, pierre, thank you. now, to the race for president tonight, and 51 days left to go, just seven weeks until election day. and tonight with the new numbers from the key battlegrounds of ohio, florida and virginia showing president obama pulling into the lead, the stakes very high for the romney campaign to do something to carve away at the lead. i want to bring in our senior political editor rick klein tonight in washington. and rick, you and inwere talking about "snl" last night, that
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opening sketch. the actor playing the president acknowledging it's a rough economy, the job market bad, too, but -- >> i'm not worried. not in the least. should be. our campaign has a secret weapon. and that secret weapon is speaking right now in tulsa, oklahoma. >> hello, i'm mitt romney. and i understand the hardships facing ordinary americans. for example, this summer, one of my horses failed to medal at the olympics. so, i know hardship. >> "snl" last night. rick, we've heard those conservative voices in recent days saying that the challenger, in this job climate, ought to be running away with this by now. did they hit on something here? >> reporter: they did. i think this is devastating in a quiet sort of way perception. this likability gap is not going away. and the fact is, for mitt romney, there is no policy prescription or attack ad strategy that is going to change it. the only thing that romney can
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hope for is that people see hi policies and to a lot of conservatives, they are not getting the message out enough. >> and rick, as you know, i've been out with the campaign all week and the romney camp has been asked about the schedule. some say he should be doing more campaign stops. what's the urgency here? >> reporter: well, being down in the polls in september actually matters more this year than ever before. that's because early voting starts earlier than ever. the first ballots will be cast in the battleground of iowa on september 27th. just a week from this thursday. and then voting starts in ohio, just five days after that. that happens to be the day before the first presidential debate. >> of course, rick, north carolina voters already going to the polls, as you know. rick, thank you. now, to a new development in one of the most sensational crimes in american history. the so-called fatal vision case. a former green beret, jeffrey macdonald, convicted in the murders of his pregnant wife and their two daughters. it's been the subject of a best-selling book, a tv mini series. tomorrow, a new chapter. a convicted murderer will get a chance to prove his innocence because of dna. tonight, abc's david kerley.
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>> reporter: it was a gruesome crime that gripped the country. >> one of the nation's most controversial murder cases. >> reporter: a pregnant mother, her two daughters, stabbed repeatedly and beaten to death at ft. bragg. >> i did not murder my wife. i did not murder my children. >> reporter: but green beret and medical doctor jeffrey macdonald was convicted of killing his family. which led to a best-selling book, "fatal vision." even a tv mini series. >> captain jeffrey macdonald, green beret doctor here on the base. >> reporter: the killings came just months after the manson murders in california. macdonald has always claimed this case was similar. hippies, three men and a woman, coming into his house, murder, his family. all these years later, oscar-winning documentarian erroll morris' new book about the case has raised new questions. >> no one has really established a strong case against him. i, myself, see no evidence which links him to the crime. >> reporter: tomorrow, macdonald gets another chance in court,
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asking that witness statements and hairs found in the house that don't match the family be admitted as evidence. dna testing didn't exist when he was on trial. >> at the time, there were so many inconsistencies, it's the newly discovered dna evidence that casts another light. >> reporter: but will it change his conviction of 33 years ago? >> i'm sitting in prison. i'm wrongfully convicted. >> reporter: those hearings in front of a federal judge could last a couple of weeks and it will be up to that judge to decide after all these years whether macdonald gets a new trial. david? >> a lot of people watching this case. david kerley in washington, david, thank you. there is news tonight about that scandal in san antonio, where dozens of female recruits allege they were sexually assaulted or harassed. now the air force has announced that a woman will take command of basic training there next week. six male instructors have been charged in the scandal. now, to that scandal overseas tonight, riling buckingham palace.
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those revealing pictures of prince william's wife, kate, published by a french magazine. tonight, the royal family is preparing to go to court, even prince william saying he will testify to protect his wife. abc's bob woodruff is with the royal couple in the south pacific. >> reporter: the royal couple waved greetings to the people of the solomon islands, from a truck decorated as a war canoe. their legal battle against the tabloids just beginning back home. even though these islands are isolated, the people here know all about it. are people here talking about that scandal? >> it's on the streets. it is. it's on the streets, yes. >> reporter: and everybody thinks this is extremely -- >> tremely unfair. >> reporter: the scandal erupted friday, when the topless pictures of kate appeared in a french magazine. the palace quickly announced it would sue. but yesterday, another blow. this time, a newspaper in ireland, which printed the pictures again. so, the palace fired back. "there can be no motivation for
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this action," the palace stated, "other than greed." now, an italian magazine is expected to publish a 26-page feature, hinting at even more intimate photos of kate. >> it looks now that it's going to be too late for them to stop that. so, we're looking at so far, three publications have prudented these pictures, and who nows? the question now is, will there be more? >> reporter: and william's anger is apparently stirring. reports in london say that he wants to testify against the accused if there is a trial, and send them to jail. his dislike of the paparazzi has been evident since his mother, princess diana, was killed 15 years ago, with cameras in pursuit. >> he's made no secret that it is his number one concern to protect kate, to make sure she doesn't suffer a similar fate and says he really is going to do everything he can. >> reporter: so, tomorrow, this legal battle is heading its way toward the court in france, perhaps other countries down the road. as the royal palace put it, they are considering all proporti proportionate responses.
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david? >> bob woodruff traveling with the royals. bob, thank you again. and still much more ahead here on "world news" this sunday night. why do they get to speed? officers caught on tape speeding on the beach, rushing down the highway. they weren't on assignment. ahead here, watch as one of their own goes after them. you know why i sell tools? tools are uncomplicated. nothing complicated about a pair of 10 inch hose clamp pliers. you know what's complicated? shipping. shipping's complicated. not really. with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service shipping's easy. if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. that's not complicated. no. come on. how about... a handshake. alright. priority mail flat rate boxes. starting at just $5.15. . in america today we're running out of a vital resource we need to compete on the global stage. what we need are people prepared for the careers of our new economy. by 2025 we could have 20 million jobs
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all over the world afterward. >> i just couldn't sit back and not do something. >> this is not who people are. >> i'm very sorry that those children treated you that way. >> you [ bleep ]. look at all the flab right there. >> reporter: the verbal jabs that became physical ones. >> jiggles. >> reporter: and that bus monitor, who sounded brave, even afterwards, when she sat down with us. >> i didn't get angry. i just tend to try to ignore them, just look out the window of the bus and say, "bye, guys." >> reporter: but it was max sidorov, a canadian, that started a fund-raising drive online. he called it "let's give karen a vacation." he was hoping to raise $5,000. and this past week, he presented that check that well surpassed it. >> $703,833. >> reporter: 30,000 donors, 84 countries. the average donation, $20. there was ryan in memphis, who
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was moved by how many others donated, too. >> broke their heart to see her treated that way. >> reporter: matt in salt lake city, who has two boys of his own. >> in the process of trying to teach your children the right things to do, the good things to do, you need to lead by example. >> reporter: there was kelly, the mother from sacramento. >> it was just the feeling that i wanted to do something from for her. >> reporter: and colleen, who had a simple wish. >> and i hope that you go on a wonderful, long trip around the world. if you are only going to go one place, i say, go to ireland. >> no word about ireland, but karen does plan a cruise and she plans to donate some of that money to an anti-bullying foundation. "gma" in the morning, diane right back here tomorrow. good night.
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>> ama: chars walls and frightened passengers after an explosion an b.a.r.t. station. >> alan: evacuation after a hazardous materials spill in the bay area. >> alan: couldn't -- abc-7 news at 6:00 starts now. pressure insure >> doesn't seem to be any apparent criminal intent. >> ama: no crime but a big scare for b.a.r.t. passengers after an explosion at the civic center station. good evening. i'm ama daetz. >> alan: i'm alan wang. let's get right to the mass roman. live at the civic center bart station with the latest on the situation. reporter: there was a lot of fear and concern here on eighth and market street hours ago, all because of reports of


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